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Child poverty is not a federal problem: minister

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Looks like Ottawa won't be helping provinces out with child poverty.

In a report released on Sunday, Federal Minister of Industry James Moore told News1130 that it is not his job to help British Colombia end its growing child poverty problem.

“Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so,” Moore said at a media scrum on Friday, adding that the provinces should be the ones to deal with it, not the federal government.

According to The Canadian Press, a report released last month by the child and youth advocacy group First Call stated that B.C. has the highest rate of child poverty, with 18.6 per cent of children going to school hungry. Canada, nationally, has a rate of 13.3 per cent.

“Certainly we want to make sure that kids go to school full bellied, but is that always the government’s job to be there to serve people their breakfast?” Moore asked. He added that the federal government contributes to the flattening of poverty by creating more jobs for Canadians.

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